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Environmental Studies: Research Management Tools

A research guide for Environmental Studies at Yale University

What is a Citation Manager?

When you write academic papers you will need to give credit to the works you have consulted to support your argument. Because academic papers often require a lot of citations, you can use a citation management tool to make keeping track of your sources easier!

Use this guide to help you get started using citation management software. The tabs above offer specific advice on using EndNote, EndNote Online, Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero, including: how to add references to specific software, how to include references in your writing, and how to generate a bibliography.

Citation Management Software



EndNote X9 is free to members of the Yale community. A Web version of EndNote also exists, enabling you to sync accounts and share projects.


Zotero is free software, accessible to anyone (no Yale affiliation required). The Zotero browser connector is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (not Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge). Download citation information to your desktop library, and export citations to Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, or Google Docs.



Owned by Elsevier, Mendeley is available to anyone (no Yale affiliation required).




Use your email to sign up for a RefWorks account. RefWorks is Web-based (so you can access your library from any computer) and has an optional downloadable "Write-n-Cite Plug-In" for Word (Windows and Mac). 

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